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Day 29 Portland-Bikram Southeast-Douglas

So what makes 1 ½ hours, 26 testing poses, and a sizzlin’ hot, steamy room so addicting that fiercely loyal devotees of Bikram just keep comin’ back for more…and more?!?

Bikram Yoga Southest

Bikram Yoga Southest

The YoYo’s went in search of the answer to this age old question as we left for Bikram Yoga Southeast, where we were directed by a group of “bonded by blog” yogis.  The YoYos hit this “knowin’ we’re gonna sear” class early, before the day hit its predicted 95 degrees, which didn’t deter this colossal crowd of faithful followers to come ready and eager to begin this toasty experience.

Douglas, the owner tried to trick the YoYo’s into thinkin’ we had walked into an upscale spa with all those rich colors, aromatic scents, hip concrete floors, stylish dressing rooms and trendy mood lighting. The cool space made the YoYo’s almost relax as we entered the packed room of blowin’ heat while waiting to begin this “o dear God,” challenging practice.

Douglas

Douglas

Entering with his “radio” voice, vivacious inflection and undeniable charisma, Douglas made this demanding routine super engaging.  Continually moving through the students in this vast studio, this focused teacher ensured each yogi was on the mark, as he sporadically interrupted the set postures to realign the class guaranteeing veterans and first timers worked their butts off; gettin’ what they came here for… and more!  The YoYo’s were wiped…but not wiped out.   Somehow feelin’ strong, after we came back to our senses, we walked into that “spa”…took a quick shower…wrapped up in the soft fluffy robes that Douglas had for his after class yogis…and felt pretty happy that we didn’t die.

Sellwood Bridge

Sellwood Bridge

So happy in fact, that we ran over to eat, “fresh from the farm”, Oregon strawberries turned gelato from Staccato Gelato, drank gallons of water and went wanderin’ through the charming neighborhood of Sellwood…  The home to antiquein’, coffee drinkin’, lots’ o’ park attendin’ and the most mind-bendin’, adrenaline raisin’ bridge on earth.  This “always something happenin’ here”, shiny happy families holdin’ hands and walkin’ their dogs ‘hood is a cool place to just hang  …and take spot-on, first-class Bikram Yoga.


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